Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 4 June, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 10 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Tuesday Rewind (Pick any past topic you want!)

Whoo, a rewind! Hmm, so I went through the list of past topics covered by TTT and decided to settle for Top Ten Books You Loved But Never Wrote A Review For. This has happened quite a bit over the past few years, especially during 2009 – 2011 when I was completing my graduate program. I just didn’t always have the time to complete a review for the novel or managed to write a tiny review. I made a resolution at the start of the year that I’d write more reviews of the books I’ve read (been pretty good so far!) but also re-read a number of books, some of which I hope to review eventually.

So, without further ado, in no particular order:

01. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon — I believe I read this book a bit before I decided to post more reviews of the books I read. Pity because I had a lot of feelings about this book (good ones naturalmente!) and it really is one of my ultimate favourite novels of all-time. Maybe sometime down the road?

02. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky — One of those famous books from Russian literature. I reckon I’d have a lot to analyse with a book like that but alas, did not write a review expressing my thoughts and reaction to it. Maybe it’s time for a re-read…

03. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — I remember reading this sometime during the peak busy-ness of the school year. It was absolutely enthralling and I was all ;_; at the end with what happened. Would’ve been nice to have written a review for it.

04. Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell — I’m treating both books in one point because they’re by the same author…anyways, I greatly enjoyed these two books. Having focused on Soviet Russian history and politics during my university years I really enjoyed the analogies that Orwell presented in both novels. Would’ve been fun to have written reviews for both books.

05. Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal — Funny because I finally got around to picking up the major classic of the Philippines, chock-full of details and comments about Filipino society and Spanish imperialism, and I didn’t write a review *thud*

06. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez — I read this during my first year of grad school after being prompted by my colleague and friend to check it out. I highly enjoyed it, maybe moreso than Love in the Time of Cholera; would’ve been great to have written a review and reflected on the various themes of the novel.

07. Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones — Actually, there’s a good reason why I never wrote a review for this novel: I had picked this novel up while waiting for the train at Barcelona and finished reading it while waiting for our flight in Paris. By the time I got back, I had a whirlwind of things to do before I left again so yeah, no review for this novel. Which is too bad because I really really really loved this book…maybe I could re-read it sometime, brush up on my medieval Spanish history in the process =P

08. White Oleander by Janet Finch — I technically had the time to review it, I just don’t know why I didn’t…I remember watching the movie years ago and being fascinated by it (granted, I only started watching halfway so I didn’t quite understand why Michelle Pfeiffer’s character was the way she was) but reading the book and following Astrid’s experiences was intriguing. It was a great book, I enjoyed it.

09. Before I Go To Sleep by S.L. Watson — I heard so much buzz about this book last summer that I pretty much ran to the bookstore and bought a copy. I read it in one night (when I should’ve been editing my thesis) because it was just a non-stop thrill ride. I wish I had written a full review of the book because I really liked it and I do find myself recommending the book to other people.

10. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters — I’m honestly not sure why I never got around to writing a review of this novel (hmm, looks like I read it around the time of the World Cup so maybe that’s it–was too distracted ^_~). It was on my want-to-read pile for so long and it’s such a curious and quiet novel…hopefully I’ll write a review for it one of these days…

And that’s my TTT books for this week! What topic did you choose for this week?

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10 Responses to “Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. Wow, I’m surprised that there are two Spanish authors there 🙂

    Don’t worry about writing your reviews. I think the reading is far more important and, as long as you feel like it, write a review but if not… enjoy the reading!

    • Li

      I love contemporary Spanish literature; I mentioned it in my other comment but I wish there was more available in English! =D

      That’s true, the love of reading and of the story itself comes first *nods*

  2. We share some of the same “loves” that we didn’t review! I adored The Book Thief, and One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of my favorite books of all time. Animal Farm= Amazing.

    Great list! 🙂

    • Li

      Nice! Maybe at some point I’ll revisit them but yeah, they were all fantastic; I was particularly surprised that I enjoyed One Hundred Years of Solitude as much as I did, lol. I’m especially glad that I didn’t read Orwell’s books during high school because having that Russian history background made the books even more enjoyable to me.

  3. I loved The Book Thief, it is one of my favorite books. I have been meaning to read The Shadow of the Wind for a long time, I think I would really enjoy it.

    • Li

      Same here, I think I was also recovering from the end of the book because it was just ;_; But yeah, loved it a lot, perhaps a review would not do it justice xD

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